Category: Crops

New Crop for Florida thanks to UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Research Project

Did you know that University of Florida /IFAS researchers (scientists) are working on a new crop for the Florida industry: it is the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Project! I found out all this information when I attended one… Read More

Do You Want Your Fruit Trees to Produce? Here’s How!

When it comes to your landscape, growing fruit trees is different from most of the other plants in your yard because you have a concrete goal—to produce fruit. In order to reach this goal, you need your trees… Read More

OFF 2018 Eradication Program in Miami-Dade County

Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) Update (as of 06/06/18): The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. There is a map with the… Read More

PEST ALERT: Oriental Fruit Fly found again in Miami-Dade County

On June 1st of 2018, a single male of the Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF), Bactrocera dorsalis , was captured in south Miami-Dade County. Two additional males were captured in nearby detection traps on June 3rd.  There is an eradication program… Read More

New insect pest in Miami-Dade County

What is it? There is a new insect pest found in Miami-Dade County. An armored scale, to be specific, it is called the phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma) that can affect ornamental plants. Where can it be found? The… Read More

Common Tropical Fruit Tree Problems

I’ve practiced horticulture for 25 years, worked with tropical fruit for 20 of those years, and just recently I celebrated five years as a commercial tropical fruit extension agent for UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County. It stands to reason… Read More

2018 Agricultural Safety Awareness Week

Do you know? Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). As part of ASAP, March 4 -10, 2018 has… Read More